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‘My Jerusalem Book’ like having an advance guide

My Jerusalem Book by Barbara Shaw, Design and Illustration by Shlomi Gorodetsky, Barbara Shaw Gifts Publishers, Jerusalem, Israel, © 2017, ISBN 978-965-572-210-9, p. 128, $24.90 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – Jerusalem is unlike any other city in Israel. It lacks the cotillion atmosphere of Tel Aviv, or the innovative climate of some of the […]

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#Parasha like a one-to-one discussion

#Parasha: Weekly Insights from a Leading Israeli Journalist by Sivan Rahav-Meir, Menorah Books, Jerusalem, © 2017, ISBN 978-1-59264-480-3, p. 321, plus glossary of Names, $24.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – Sivan Rahav-Meir, the author of #Parasha, is an anchorwoman on Israeli Channel 2, a columnist for Yediot Aḥaronot, Israel’s largest newspaper, and a weekly radio […]

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Unique calendar can tell yahrzeits far into the future

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Former high school physics teacher Fred Reiss has liked series of numbers since he was a little boy.  He recalls that he was approximately six years old when he would stand on the front porch of his aunt’s house in South Philadelphia and count the number of students […]

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‘180 Degrees’ tells of returns to Judaism

180 Degrees: 25 Amazing True Stories… That Caused a Turning Point in People’s Lives by Abraham Leib Berenstein, Feldheim Publishers, Nanuet, NY, © 2017, ISBN 978-1-68025-293-4, p. 340, plus a list of benefactors, $22.99 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – The Jewish High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are perceived by Jews as a time […]

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Author interprets the Book of Genesis

Genesis: From Creation to Covenant by Zvi Grumet, Maggid Books, New Milford, CT, © 2017, ISBN 978-1-59264-477-3, 470 pages plus bibliography and index, $29.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California –  In the Jewish tradition, the Five Books of Moses, the Torah, which begins with the Book of Genesis, is annually re-read in consecutive order. This […]

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Rabbi tells rationale for accepting Torah as divine

Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith by Chaim Jachter, Menorah Books, New Milford, CT, © 2017,ISBN 978-1-940516-71-4, p. 234 plus appendices, $24.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D.  WINCHESTER, California – If believing is having faith in the evidence, then one might suspect that religion and reason share no common ground, but this is not the […]

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Rabbi Sacks essays on the Book of Numbers

Covenant & Conversation, Numbers: The Wilderness Years, A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Maggid Books and The Orthodox Union, Jerusalem, © 2017, ISBN 978-1-68025-294-1, p. 171, plus glossary, $14.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California –  World-renown rabbi and scholar Rabbi Jonathan Sacks begins with the assertion that the Book of […]

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A book in time for 6-day war’s 50th anniversary

The 28th of Iyar – The Dramatic, Day-by-Day Journal of an American Family in Israel During the Six Day War By Rabbi Emanuel Feldman, Feldheim Publishers, Jerusalem, © 2017, ISBN 978-1-68025-294-1, p. 171, plus glossary, $14.95. By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California –  If you’re old enough, you know where you were on December 7, […]

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Reiss writes book on the Jewish calendar

WINCHESTER, California (Press Release)–The story of the Jewish calendar, which begins with the Exodus from Egypt, is more than 3,500 years old. Over the millennia, the twelve individual Jewish tribes coalesced into the nation of Israel, adopting, adapting, and ultimately developing their own religious calendar, which has withstood the vagaries of the ages. At one […]

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Who wrote the great books of Jewish thought?

Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought by Dr. Stuart W. Halpern, Editor, Maggid Books, Jerusalem, © 2017, ISBN 978-1-59264-470-4, hardcover, p. 350, including list of contributors, $29.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – The editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, in the early 1950s, basing their judgment on just three simple criteria: […]

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Five megillot are examined in ‘Textual Tapestries’

Textual Tapestries: Explorations of the Five Megillot by Gabriel H Cohn (Translated from the Hebrew by David Strauss), Maggid Books, New Milford, CT, © 2016, ISBN 978-1-59264-398-1, p. 433, $29.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – The Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, is divided into three broad sections: Torah, the Five Books of Moses; Nevi’im, the prophets; […]

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New book examines Judaism’s last three prophets

Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: Prophecy in an Age of Uncertainty by Hayyim Angel, Maggid Books, New Milford, CT, © 2016, ISBN 978-1-59264-413-1, p. 154 plus appendix, $24.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California –  Jewish prophets are missionaries in the sense that God calls them to fulfill a task, such as conveying important information to the […]

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The human element in the Torah

The Person in the Parasha: Discovering the Human Element in the Weekly Torah Portion by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, OU Press, Maggid Books, Jerusalem, © 2016, ISBN 978-1-59264-462-9, p. 624, $29.95 by Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – Even a cursory look at the catalogue of Jewish book publishers shows a great propensity for […]

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A mahzor for Sukkot

The Koren Sukkot Maḥzor; Introduction, Translation, and Commentary by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Koren Publishers, Jerusalem, © 2015, ISBN 978-965-301-659-0, p. 1465, $24.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California –  When a knowledgeable Jew hears the Hebrew word maḥzor, more than likely an image appears of a sanctuary filled with Jews praying during the High Holidays, […]

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